What is the Childcare Offer? The Childcare Offer for Wales provides up to 30 hours a week of funded Early Education and Childcare for eligible working parents of 3 to 4 year olds, for up to 48 weeks of the year.
What do we mean by ‘30 hours’? During school term time (39 weeks a year), The 30 hours are made up of Early Education (school) and funded Childcare in a registered provider of your choice. Within NPT children receive 12.5 hours of Early Education a week and a top up of 17.5 hours a week of funded Childcare. School hours cannot be replaced with Childcare hours.
What childcare providers can I use? You can use any childcare provider which is Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) registered and signed up to deliver the Childcare Offer. You can find a list of registered Childcare Providers here.
Will I receive childcare funding through the school holidays? For up to 9 weeks of the year, parents will be allocated 3 weeks of holiday childcare provision per full term (not the day after a half term) they are eligible for the Offer. This will be delivered in registered non-maintained childcare settings only, such as private day nurseries, childminders, out of school childcare and sessional care.
When does access to the offer begin for eligible families? The childcare element of the offer will start the full term (not the day after a half term) after your child’s third birthday until the September following their 4th birthday when they’re offered a full time education place.
What happens if my employment circumstances change? If your employment circumstances change, you could enter a ‘Temporary Exemption Period’ (TEP) for the Childcare Offer. A TEP of 8 weeks applies to parents whose circumstances change whilst in receipt of the Childcare Offer resulting in them falling out of eligibility. Parents are expected to inform their local authority and provider as soon as their circumstances change.